Tampa Bay Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Have you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident
due to someone else's negligence? If so, you may have a case to file
a personal injury lawsuit. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when
driving on the road, and crashes can cause injuries far worse than those
in covered vehicles. While motorcycle riders have the exact same rights
as other drivers, they are far too often ignored.
At the Paulsen Law Group, our experienced Dunedin attorneys will fight
to fully protect your rights. Our goal is to do everything in our power
so that you can receive the maximum amount of compensation you are legally
entitled to, from current and future medical bills to lost wages.
How Florida’s No-Fault Liability Applies to Motorcycle Crashes
Florida is what is known as a no-fault state; which means if you are injured
in a car accident, regardless of who is at fault you must first turn to
your own insurance coverage to seek compensation for your injuries and
other damages. No-fault liability means you cannot hold the other party
liable for your injuries unless you are able to show you were permanently
injured. Only in those circumstances are motorists able to file a lawsuit
against the liable party. Insured Motorists are compensated through their
own insurance coverage under what is known as personal injury protection
(PIP). This coverage includes medical bills and lost wages regardless
of who is at fault for the accident.
PIP laws do not apply to motorcyclists meaning after an accident, motorcyclists
do not need to show evidence the accident resulted in permanent injuries
to file a claim for pain and suffering.
What Are the Most Common Types of Injuries?
By their very nature, motorcyclists are placed at a greater risk than an
auto driver, as there is little outer protection. These accidents can
then lead to catastrophic injuries. The figures only seem to increase,
as there is a reported rise in the number of reported motorcycle injuries
that include brain injury, spinal cord injury, and even paralysis.
Other types of motorcycle injuries include:
- Eye injuries
- Facial injuries
- Severe burns
- Road rash
- Broken bones and fractures
What Can I Recover from My Accident?
In Florida, there are numerous motorcyclists, from avid everyday riders
to weekend enthusiasts. Motorcycle accidents can lead to very serious
injuries, some of which can be permanently disabling or even result in death.
These are the most common causes of accidents:
- Left-hand turns
- Lane splitting
- Head-on crashes
- Rear-end accidents
- Defective auto parts
- Poor road conditions
- Drinking and driving